Browsing the Deviant Moon website one day, I saw that The World print was for sale. OMG!! Imusthaveit. Whyhasnobodyelseboughit? Stopaskingquestions! Hooray for PayPal and the many wonders it brings to my door. I not-so-casually mentioned that I would love to get my hands on the 2 of Pentacles – my FAVOURITE card in the deck – and Patrick kindly made it available ::salivate:: BUY NOW!
My prints arrived yesterday! Wonderfully packaged, covered in sketches (extras were included because I overpaid on shipping) and the prints themselves are amazing. The colours are unbelievable in their saturation and depth and the amount of detail that is visible in the print truly shows the process used to construct each image. I have new respect for this deck; it is truly a work of art. The only thing is that there is no way the cards could ever compare to the large-scale prints now that I’ve seen them! Only will power and the reality of the bank balance stand in the way of me collecting one of each.
I highly recommend the purchase of one (or more) of these prints for anyone interested in art, tarot or the art of tarot, whether you use the Deviant Moon deck or not. They are exquisite.
(Pictures after the jump)
The packaging made me homesick. My grandmother is a fine artist and seeing the layers of packaging and masking tape reminded me of how she packs her prints. You can tell a true artist by the way they ship their work.
Sketches on every surface, including the back of each print!
I cannot describe how glorious these prints are, really. The colours are delicious, rich; velvety in their texture and depth. These photos don’t do them justice by miles. The extra details that suddenly popped into view floored me. The images are practically alive and I could easily become lost in them. And that 2 of Pentacles…
She is fierce, in a completely non-Tyra sense. Like she’s been disturbed – by YOU – and is this close to unleashing all manner of unholy hell for the audacity of it. What I admire most is that Patrick has truly captured the essence of gothic tribal bellydance. She is dark, dynamic, dramatic, dangerous, touched by Death. I am drawn to her pale skin, hypnotically piercing glare and the – what look like – knives in her hair. She is perfect, right down to her cyber-locks and tribal adornments. It’s like Ariellah or Sashi stepped through into the Deviant world… or rather, it makes me think that that’s where they’re originally from.
This card is the embodiment of everything that drew me to bellydance in the first place; the latent, coiled power and subtle depth I sensed behind the movements and the music; the way I wanted to interpret the dance, the costumes I wanted to wear, long before gothic bellydance “officially” existed.
Now I’m waiting for the Sister deck. It’s more than a rumour at this stage, but is still far from finished. From the way Patrick has described it though, it seems she will be right up my particular aesthetic street. Waiting is such sweet torment! Until then, I’m keeping my eyes open for the Death print… and the Ace of Cups. So hands off, they’re mine!
Interview with Patrick Valenza
The long-running Aeclectic Forum Thread on the Deviant Moon, including input by the artist on card meanings
Images and Review by Janet Boyer
Review by Arwen
Gothic Bellydance on YouTube